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Saif Ali Khan: He’s a royal, this minion. He’s been around forever. Zombie hunter, failed novelist, secret agent… he’s played em all!
Saif Ali Khan has done so many chocolate boy roles that we’ve lost count of it. Though watching him fall for Rani Mukherji’s pranks in Hum Tum and as a playboy in Cocktail excited us, it is the other roles that got our attention.
Such as these, to name a few:
Ishwar “Langda” Tyagi in Omkara
This film was actually a page turner in Saif’s career. With intense eyes, stained teeth and buzz haircut, Saif looked just like the natives of the area depicted in the movie. With his brilliant performance, he bagged the Filmfare’s Best Villain Award for this film.
While a lot of comparisons are being drawn between Saif Ali Khan’s 2012 release Agent Vinod and his upcoming film Phantom, the Nawab says that though both the films belong to the same genre, there is no similarity whatsoever between them.
When asked how different are the two films from each other, Khan said, “Agent Vinod was trying to be a little bit like Bond type entertaining, larger than life character, this is more of a drama, this is more real. I think today even in a Bond film you need to have a realistic plot. People want to know about Middle East, they want to know about ISIS, they want to know about these fanatical groups doing these things. Today’s villains kind of famously are terrorists but not just generic terrorists you want to be specific, you want to give facts about them, where they are from, how it’s done, what the whole thing is and in that background you try and make a fun story. This is also an action adventure but it is not like Agent Vinod.”
Directed by Kabir Khan, the film also stars Katrina Kaif and is slated to release on August 28.
As his next on counter-terrorism, Phantom, readies for release, Saif Ali Khan talks about his penchant for action
You seem to have developed a penchant for action. After Agent Vinod and Bullett Raja, you now have Kabir Khan’s Phantom.
I’ve come to realise action can be strenuous, but also fun. One sequence needed me to chase this dreaded terrorist. And I find the nearest gun, a huge M60, almost rip it off its hinges like Rambo, and run after him in the war-torn corridors of Beirut. And then execute him point blank with this ‘cannon’. Only, it’s much easier said than done because you can’t run with that thing. So I asked the crew to give me a dummy else people will be wondering why I’m not running as fast. But luckily, the scene isn’t looking so bad. It’s so heavy, the gun, it’s like carrying Katrina (Kaif, co-actor) or something. Not that I mean she’s huge, but I had to carry it and run.
But the Beirut schedule was also bad. I was trying to be realistic, sprinting all over, falling in mud. And mud carries lot of disease, generally, like tetanus. So I fell sick during the shoot. Kareena (Kapoor, wife) was visting and she told me ‘Let’s go out’ but I had fever and we had to remain indoors. She was really unimpressed for three days. I mean, you don’t get to go to Beirut every day.
Filmmaker Sriram Raghavan says he plans to make yet another thriller film with actor Saif Ali Khan.
Sriram made his directorial debut in 2004 with “Ek Hasina Thi”, a thriller which had Saif in the lead and then he cast him again in a spy thriller film “Agent Vinod” (2012). “We have a team of writers and we are working on something with Saif. It is too early to talk about it. The last film ‘Agent Vinod’ that I did with him did not do that well so I owe it to him,” Sriram said.
The “Johnny Gaddar” helmer is known for making taut thrillers loaded with action, anger and romance. “There are so many things to do in thriller space. I will stick to that genre (with Saif) but there are other things to explore with thrills,” Sriram said.
Sriram and Saif bond very well and the “Badlapur” director thinks Saif, who is going through a bad phase professionally will bounce back soon. “I think he is a fantastic actor. He has had a bad spell of movies but that shouldn’t hold him down. Every actor, director everybody goes through ups and downs. It’s ok… He will shine,” he said.
Last few films of Saif including “Bullet Raja”, “Humshakals” and “Happy Ending” had failed to create magic at the box office. The 44-year-old actor will be seen next in Kabir Khan’s “Phantom” and Vishal Bharadwaj’s “Rangoon”.